Father’s son…

I was at the car wash in the next block when I spotted what looked like a newly-opened place…

Treasure Land

…and I saw a lot of people going there to eat. The next time I was there, my curiosity got the better of me and I walked over to have a look. There were no signs, nothing…and everyone’s bowls were so clean, not a trace of what was in them before they licked them clean.

Then I bumped into my one-time barber – he and his father used to cut my hair in my growing up years and he told me that they were selling dian pian ngu at that shop, the son of the celebrated icon at his shop in the town centre. Why? They even have this street artwork of the old man…

Street art - dian pian ngu guy
*Archive photo*

…on the wall in the lane where his shop is but I do not think this one looks anything like the real thing…

Street art - dian pian ngu
*Archive photo*

Of course I wasted no time in going there to try so the very next day, my wife and I dropped by…

Treasure Land dian pian ngu stall

…for brunch. They open at 7.00 a.m. in the morning till after lunch daily and from 6.00 p.m. till around 9.00 p.m. in the evening. I heard that if you go at night, you may get to see the father there too, helping his son. However, they are closed on Wednesdays and will only open half-day on Tuesdays, Sundays and public holidays.

You may choose to sit in the air-conditioned section…

Treasure Land air-conditioned section

…inside and from what I could understand, they do serve some special Chinese/Taiwanese desserts there. However, they do not make drinks like in a regular coffee shop, so no kopi-o-peng for us and we did not want those packet or bottled drinks and in the end, we went without any.

Yes, business was really good and there were a lot of people coming and going and the guy had to go on making…

Treasure Land - making dian pian ngu 1

…more and more…

Treasure Land - making dian pian ngu 2

…using the batter made with the flour that they make by grinding rice…

Treausre Land dian pian ngu batter

…for their use.

The white rice sheets, thus cooked…

Treasure Land dian pian ngu

…are served in a bowl of clear soup…

Treasure Land dian pian ngu

…with fish balls, meng ngee (dried cuttlefish), black fungus, bits of meat and garnished with fried shallots and chopped spring onion (RM6.00).

No, they did not use the dried cuttlefish from China, the rather dirty and moldy looking one that are so very expensive these days – over RM10.00 for just one small piece but they have that very special sweetness and fragrance that others like the ones from Sabah simply do not have. I did not think they used bay ka/tenggiri (mackerel) for their fish balls either so even though they were quite nice, I did not think they were anything to shout about. Still, we enjoyed it and I thought it was way nicer than what I had that one time when I went for a bowl at his father’s place in town.

TREASURE LAND (2.318270, 111.850333) is located at Jalan Ling Kai Cheng Lane 4, not far from Comfort Furniture Centre (Lane 2), two shops away from 99 Car Wash and next door to 118 Kopitiam, all in that same block of shops.

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Author: suituapui

Ancient relic but very young at heart. Enjoys food and cooking...and travelling and being with friends.

7 thoughts on “Father’s son…”

  1. The fact that they make the rice noodle sheets fresh on the spot using rice flour batter is good enough for me. The Dian Bian Hu I tried in KL used ready-made rice flour noodle sheets so it was not tasty at all since the noodle sheets were quite hard and I think only that eatery in the Klang valley that specialises in Sarawak noodle serves this.

    Probably used the dried ones – I’ve seen some sold in packets at some supermarts here but I’ve never bought any to try. It’s a Foochow thing, staple of the fishing folks in Fuzhou, China.

  2. So that is the treasure you find there. Dian pian hu is one of my favourite Foochow dishes. I have a very good one at Siang Siang Kopitiam. Love it to bits.

    Never had/seen any in Kuching but I heard there is a nice one in the Aloha Bakery area, that side – dunno exactly where but not Siang Siang. Some say it is better than the Sibu one – well, if it is the original, I would say any would be better. I did not like it when I had it once, never again.

  3. Wow, that’s pretty special to be remembered in a piece of street art.

    I guess he deserves the honour – been around since those days when I was very young and it was only 30 cents a bowl, not that I was a fan, unlike our kampua mee (also 30 cents without meat then and 50 cents with meat) or Foochow fried noodles but I would go with friends and eat. Cheap.

  4. The street artwork is very nice…

    I wish they do not allow motorcycle parking in front, blocks the view, spoils the photograph.

  5. Prepared fresh. Wow. Nice to see that the father do come to help out once in a while. Family tradition has been passed down to this son. It will live on 🙂

    Indeed! So sad that when the old folks retire or pass away, something is lost forever.

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